Minnesota’s Bioeconomy Production Incentive: In 2015, the Minnesota legislature created a new incentive program to attract commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biomass thermal energy. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Eligible facilities must be in Minnesota and must source raw materials from Minnesota agricultural or forestry sources or from solid waste. Eligible facilities must have begun operation after July 1, 2015. This includes new facilities as well as existing facilities with significant retrofits to allow new production.
- For additional information about the incentive, refer to our handout (attach 2-page handout).
- Please visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s website for specific program information or to begin an application.
Working Land Watershed Restoration Program: In 2016, the Minnesota legislature tasked the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the MPCA to develop an implementation plan for a targeted watershed program to work with farmers to establish and maintain perennial crops for use as animal feed or bio-based production industries. The BCM is working with BWSR to establish a stakeholder group of leaders from agriculture groups, state and local government agencies, environmental NGOs, watershed associations, the research community, and private industry to work together and identify and develop opportunities and industries that will use perennial crops to produce environmentally friendly products or animal feed.
Anaerobic Digestion: The BCM is working on passing language that will support managing compost and digestate from anaerobic digestion (AD), using organic waste from municipal solid waste (MSW) as a feedstock. Currently, compost produced from AD must be managed like all other MSW. However, after AD, organic waste no longer produces the same gases, so there isn’t a need to treat it as such. The compost and digestate produced can be managed like compost or in a separate industrial solid waste landfill cell constructed with an appropriate liner under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.